As the editor of ATV.com, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some of the best riding areas in the world. That list includes West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy trail system, but my only visit was very short. Wanting to get the full Hatfield-McCoy experience, I decided to take part in one of the biggest ATV rallies anywhere –the 2015 Gilbert National TrailFest.
The event is hosted by the town of Gilbert, WV, which is about 80 miles south of Charleston, WV. Though it’s off the beaten path from the major highways, the drive into Gilbert is quite stunning as you wind through the Appalachian Mountains. Its location also means it is within a reasonably short drive of Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Three friends and I decided to test the boundaries of reasonable and travelled down from Toronto, Ontario.